Pros: Razor sharp handling, potent mid-range, electronic gadgetry
Cons: Lacks premium feel, limited suspension adjustment
The 790 Duke is what truly defines a KTM. It is the first motorcycle in the bike maker’s portfolio to get a parallel-twin motor. Till now it had been producing singles and V-twins for its motorcycles in India. Also, the 790 has been available in the international market for about three years, following which, KTM has finally brought the motorcycle to Indian shores.
KTM refers to the 790 Duke as the ‘Scalpel’ for its razor-sharp handling capabilities. But is that aspect enough to keep one hooked onto this street bike when considering day-to-day saddle time? We had this motorcycle with us for a couple of days and have managed to traverse the motorcycle on open roads, city roads and even through streets clogged with traffic. So, does the Scalpel make it or break it in our road test review, let’s find out!